This Almond Tart recipe was originally inspired by 2 very different motivational factors. The first being the traditional style of baking by Hildegard von Bingen and the second being a need to use up a collection of old packets of almonds, ground, whole and/or flaked that were occupying my kitchen baking cupboard. It has the feel of a frangipan and it is made with the same french pastry base that is typically used to create a classic frangipan tart, but in rather more rustic looking than any frangipan tart that you would find in a french patiserrie.
Hildegard von Bingen was a nun of the middle ages who was famous for recognising the healing properties of natural products and incorporating this into her baking and cooking. [Read more…]